This course considers philosophical questions arising from modern physics. Topics include the philosophical significance of the theory of relativity and the philosophy of space and time, the significance and interpretation of quantum mechanics, and the relationship between these two theories. Other topics may include issues in modern cosmology and/or statistical physics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an understanding of, in qualitative outline, the major theories of modern physics;
- identify philosophical issues in modern physics;
- demonstrate an understanding of conceptual issues in the foundations of quantum theory and relativity;
- demonstrate an understanding of arguments for and against contentious views in the philosophy of physics; and
- articulate positions and arguments in discussions.
Other InformationTo enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units of courses towards a degree, and at least 6 units of PHIL courses or at least 6 units of PHYS courses.
- 1 x 2000 word essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- 1 x 2500 word essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 11 hours of tutorials; and,
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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